I read “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand several years ago. Hillenbrand, who suffers from chronic fatigue, also wrote “Seabiscuit,” which was made into a movie. I didn’t read “Seabiscuit” but enjoyed the movie. Now “Unbroken” will hit theatres around Christmas 2014. I plan to see it.
“Unbroken” is a very long book—Hillenbrand tends to be wordy, (see her story about becoming sick, and her struggle to work at her writing. The article was published in The New Yorker magazine in 2003. It’s titled “A Sudden Illness -- How My Life Changed.” http://archives.newyorker.com/?i=2003-07-07#folio=056. Talk about long—nobody I sent it to could finish reading the article.)
I had heard that Louie Zamperini had become a Christian-- so through the whole book I kept thinking—“Bring on the bear!” I wanted to hear how he came to Christ. But Hillenbrand did do a terrific job of characterization of those in the life of Louie, as well as descriptions of the triumph at the Olympics, and then down to the pit of despair as a prisoner of war.
I’m looking forward to seeing the movie.